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NORMAL — Thelma Nardin, 92, a resident of Normal, died peacefully Wednesday (Feb. 15, 2006) at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home, El Paso. She suffered a stroke in November and another 3½ weeks ago.

A memorial service for Thelma will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, Normal. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Thelma Heloise Anstine was born June 18, 1913, the daughter of Ray and Grace Anstine of Industry.

She is survived by two daughters, Sandra (Dale) Pierre, Sturgeon Bay, Wis., and Janet Sutton, Bloomington; five grandchildren, Mike (Mary) Pierre, Pickerington, Ohio; Julie (Earl) Houston, Carlsbad, Calif.; Scott (Karla) Pierre, Orlando, Fla.; Jill (Bob) Costas, New York City, N.Y.; and Doug Sutton, Tucson, Ariz.; and seven great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Joseph and Julia Pierre, all of Pickerington, Ohio; Robert and Jacqueline Pierre, both of Orlando, Fla.; and Alexa and Ashlyn Houston, both of Carlsbad, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank; a brother, Harold Anstine and one grandson, Todd Franklyn Pierre.

On July 4, 1933, Thelma wed Frank Nardin of Industry. Being of strong work ethics, they worked together as a team all their married life. One year, Thelma ran the Nardin Oil business herself, as Frank recuperated at home from a serious kidney ailment. Community activists, Thelma and Frank served as PTA presidents, participated in Rotary and Chamber of Commerce events and were active at First Presbyterian Church of Normal. Thelma enjoyed her charter membership in the McLean County Home Extention group and her support of 4-H functions. Other interests included selling real estate for a short period, playing bridge and wintering with her husband in Fort Myers Beach, Fla.

In her life’s time, Thelma always put her family’s needs first. She was always encouraging and supportive in her daughters’ many activities. For Thelma, life was always busy. Thelma’s presence, her smile and her positive attitude would radiate and warm the hearts of those around her. She never said an unkind word about anyone. She always strived to do what was right in every avenue of her life.

The family of Thelma Nardin wishes to thank the El Paso Heritage Manor Nursing Home for the kind and loving care they gave her.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that friends donate to the First Presbyterian Church of Normal or the Heritage Manor Nursing Home of El Paso.

Thelma’s life will live on in the memories of her family and friends n a life well spent n To God Be The Glory!

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